Camp Quarterly Events:
"We're Wild with Excitement"
Los Angeles Zoo Family Day
November, 23rd 2019
Camp Conrad Chinnock is teaming up with the PADRE Foundation and JDRF Los Angeles to hold a WILD Los Angeles Family Day on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at the Los Angeles Zoo starting from 9:00AM to 2:00PM with a Private Tour.
These "Family Days" hosted by Diabetes Camping and Educational Services give an opportunity for children living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) to interact with their peers from surrounding areas in a fun and supportive environment.
If you would like to sign-up, please click here for our registration portal.
Program availability varies by age group, but typical activities include:
age-appropriate arts and crafts activities,
time in the pool during the day and night,
casual and formal discussions about how diabetes impacts the lives of youth with diabetes,
archery and carnivals,
dances and campfires,
use of the 35-foot 'Activity Adventure Tower' with rock climbing, rappelling, the 'vertical playpen', and high-rope element,
sleeping in the outdoors.
Structured times are designated for medical and dietary education programs as well as diabetes management, meals, and rest.
If you are interested in receiving more information about Camp Conrad Chinnock's programs, please email us!
The medical program is designed to impart self-management skills, which can lead to a longer and healthier life. All cabins are fully enclosed to accommodate eight to eleven youth and a trained counselor. Attendance at these sessions is restricted to youth and teens with insulin-dependent diabetes. All sessions are led by a physician with experience working with children and young adults with type 1 diabetes, and a team of physicians and nurses. Under the watchful eyes of the medical staff, campers are encouraged to be involved with their own diabetes care. Each year at camp, many children learn to give themselves insulin injections, how to handle special occasions, try an insulin pump and about the importance of diet and exercise.
Because Diabetes is a condition impacting the entire family, Diabetes Camping and Educational Services, Inc. program enables families to learn about diabetes and share common experiences with other families in a fun and supportive environment. Our top notch program includes workshops on diabetes, parenting issues for adults, stress management, and activities for the whole family.
Medical staff is on-site throughout the entire session. All meals and snacks are carefully planned and provided. Family camps begin at lunch, run for three (3) nights, and conclude after breakfast on the final day. Generally, approximately two families, depending on each of their sizes, share a cabin during family camps.
Transition Family Camp
Going away for the first time to a sleep-away camp can be challenging for any child. It is even more challenging for a child with diabetes. To assist in helping the parent and child adjust to the experiences at Camp Conrad Chinnock, a Transition Family Camp is available for children 7 to 12 years old and their families. Transition Family Camp immediately precedes Session 3 for the same age group. It begins Saturday morning and ends after breakfast on Monday. Session 2 begins the same day as the Transition Family Camp ends. Ideally, the child with diabetes will stay for Session 3 if the child, parent(s), and camp staff feel it is suitable for the child.
As with other the other family camps, families will share a cabin. For activities, meals, snacks, and events, the children with diabetes will be in "cabin" groups by age with a cabin counselor. This cabin counselor would be the same counselor the child would have during Session 3. This unique opportunity enables the child and family to understand how diabetes is managed at camp, the activities available, and develop a relationship with cabin counselors and staff.
The weekend even offers a sleep-over in the game lodge with cabin counselors! Mom and dad are able to sleep in the cabin while the child with diabetes is under the watchful eye of the cabin counselor and camp staff. Camp staff even take care of testing blood sugars in the middle of the night and before breakfast!
When registering for this session, please also sign-up the child with diabetes in Session 3. If after attending the Transition Family Camp the child is not suitable, the family can cancel the Session 3 registration without penalty
Days are a mix of cabin-group based activities and free-choice periods. Younger children spend the majority of the time with their cabin-mates while older campers have a greater amount of choice in their activities, although they are supervised at all times.
Campers report that while they enjoy the activities, they particularly value the chance to get to know other kids with diabetes. Watching other campers check their blood sugars, take their insulin, deal with high and low blood sugars and talking with them about how they handle their diabetes in terms of school, athletics, peers and families are some of the most powerful learning opportunities which occur during camp.
Teen Winter Camp
Teen Winter Camp features team-building challenges, discussions regarding diabetes and life as a teenager, snow sledding, snacks, good company, snow fights, games, and a variety of opportunities for personal growth. Anyone attending the weekend must bring their own diabetes supplies and medications. Medical staff will be on-site and monitoring your diabetes control throughout the weekend.
During Teen Winter Camp, campers with diabetes can share their camp and diabetes experiences by inviting a friend or sibling without diabetes to attend camp for the week. The friend or sibling must pay the fee and complete all necessary registration information. To be placed in the same cabin, the campers must be of the same gender and within one year of age between each other.
Leadership Training Program
The Leadership Training Program is open to youth ages 17 to 19, with or without diabetes, has an application process. Qualifications we look for in our counselors in training are teens that can demonstrate a level of maturity that enables them to assume responsibility and develop strong leadership skills. The applicant must demonstrate an interest in camping and show the ability to learn and work with diabetic children. Being a healthy role-model for children with diabetes is critical!
Young leaders are given an opportunity to learn and explore group dynamics, human development, communications skills, recreational programming, and organization. The objective of this two-year program is to build a strong counseling staff for our program and promote leadership in our communities and at camp.
All first year applicants complete an application with two reference forms. Responsibilities in the first year will include learning camp operations, developmental needs of children, how to lead a group, and other key components of a camp staff member. You may assist in the kitchen, help at the pool, and work in crafts or the store. Focus will be on basic staff and leadership skills.
Transportation to and from camp is provided for all youth sessions free of charge. The bus stop is in the Rancho Cucamonga / Fontana area of California near the intersection of Interstates 10 and 15. Families must provide their own transportation for family camps.
1. Complete the Camper and/or Family Application
2. Submit a $100 non-refundable deposit per session
3. Complete all mandatory forms found in your Camp Account
About Camp and the National Forest
Camp Conrad Chinnock is operated under a special use permit with the San Bernardino National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Camp Conrad Chinnock and Diabetes Camping & Education Services is committed to providing a safe camping environment where all individuals are afforded equal access and opportunities. Our programs, services and activities shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying of any individual based on the person’s actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or physical status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression. Our policy applies to all participants in our programs and activities. Transgender participants shall be permitted to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.
At Camp Conrad Chinnock, the Camp Director is designated as compliance officer to receive and investigate complaints and to ensure our compliance with the law:
Diabetes Camping & Education Services
12045 E Waterfront Dr
Playa Vista CA 90094
Also, a complaint of discrimination may be filed to the following: write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.